Range Management section
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The section aims at  building  knowledge and understanding of dryland production systems and underlying ecological processes.  To achieve this , this section is focusing in training professionals and retooling dryland managers with appropriate scientific knowledge and skills required implement sustainable and environment friendly technologies and practices to meet secure livelihoods for the drylands people, as well as, make dryland ecosystems to continue to play a significant role in the national, regional and global economy

Head of Range Management Section

Dr. Moses M. Nyangito

BSc (Egerton University), MSC (UoN), PhD (UoN)

Current  head of Range Management section  and Senior Lecturer, Dept of Land Resources Mgt and Agric. Technology Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nairobi  have over 15 years successful experience in providing expertise in Animal Resource Ecology and Rangeland Management, and Agricultural related sectors for sustainable development and Training at University level. I am a self-driven, dynamic, and results-oriented expert with high aptitude for performance. Read more
Range Ecology Staff

Dr Laban MacOpiyo

BSc (Egerton University), MSC (UoN), PhD (UoN)


Lecturer in LARMAT   and  an expertise and research interest areas are in Rangelands Ecology and Management, Natural Resource Management, Drylands Resource Management, Drought Risk Reduction Planning and Programming, Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing, Livestock Value Chain Development in ASALS, Pro-poor Food Security Analysis and Early Warning Systems and Climate Change in Pastoral environments and livelihoods among others.

Presently, Dr. MacOpiyo is the Coordinator of the PhD Programme in Drylands Resource Management offered at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, University of Nairobi. Read More

Dr. Wellington N.Ekaya

BSc (Egerton University), MSC (UoN), PhD (UoN)

 A lecturer in LARMAT  and  the Training & Quality Assurance Manager, Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), Received  PhD IN dryland Ecology in  1999, University of Nairobi  , MSc    and BSc in Range management  in  1993 and 1989 respectively from   Department of Range Managment , University of Nairobi


Prof. Jesse T. Njoka

BSc (UoN), MSC (University of California), PhD (University of California)

AssociateCurrently the Director/Principal Investigator- Center for Sustainable Drylands USAID-HED initiatives(2011- 2013) and with over 20 years of relevant experience in the evaluation of rural development programmes and specifically those dealing with ASAL development, research and training areas. I hold relevant academic training in Natural Resources Management fields and has supervised several postgraduate students who conduct research in pastoral and agropastoral production systems. I have done evaluation and development studies in the Greater Horn of Africa. Read More

Dr. Oliver Wasonga

BSc (UoN), MSC (UoN), PhD (UoN)


He has over seven (7) years of experience in research and teaching both undergraduate and post graduate students. Currently he is a lecturer in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT). He teaches Range Ecology I; Methods of Rangeland Analysis; Plant Taxonomy Range; Plants and their Values; Range Management in Pastoral Societies; Dryland Agroforestry; Agroforestry Biodiversity and Utilization; and Agro-Silvo-Pastoralism. In addition to teaching, he is currently supervising five (5) PhD students and three (3) MSc. students in addition two (2) who have already graduated. Read More

Mr. Henry Chore Kahi

Principal Technologist in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology. He hold a diploma in range management from Egerton University, Bachelor of Science and masters degree in range management from University of Nairobi.He is in charge of all running of departmental laboratory, organizing and supervising both for undergraduate and post graduate student's practicals. He is also assist the chairman in running satellite station at kibwezi, Ngong  and Machanga In addition to technical and administrative duties, Mr. kahi is a member of College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, environmental committee.Read More

Mr.John Musembi Kimeu

He is a Technologist Grade ABC in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology. He holds a certificate in Animal Health & Industry Training Institute (A.H.I.T.I) Range Management Assistant and a pre technician certificate at Kenya Polytechnic. He holds a Certificate of Primary and Secondary Education. He has over 24 years’ experience in plant Taxonomy and Herbium Techniques. Read More

Range Livestock Nutrition and production  Staff

Prof. Robinson Kinuthia Ngugi


An Associate Professor of Range Management  & Chairman of the Department of Land Resources Management & Agricultural Technology at the University of Nairobi. A Range Scientist by training, his education specialized on integrated livestock production and management. He represents the University in the Steering Committee of the National Environmental Management Authority, and is also a member of the Prof Wangari Maathai Institute of Peace and Environment.Read More

Mr.Koech Oscar Kipchirchir

BSc (UoN), MSC (UoN)

 He is a tutorial fellow at the department of LARMAT. He holds a masters degree in Range Management, BSc degree in Range Management both from the University of Nairobi.  He is currently PhD student in Drylands Resource Management at the University of Nairobi. He has worked as research assistant in various projects addressing pastoral livestock production, climate change and adaptation. Read More

Mr. James Ndiritu

Technologist Grade ABC in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Philosophy in Technology (Applied Biology).He holds a Higher National Diploma in Applied Biology, Diploma in Applied Biology and a Certificate in Animal Health. He holds a Certificate of Primary and Secondary Education. He has over 20 years’ experience in both Field and Laboratory work.Read more


Mr. Ondigo Dickens Onyango

He is a Technologist Grade ABC in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology. He holds a Higher National Diploma in Analytical Chemistry and Diploma in Analytical Chemistry from Technical University of Kenya. He has more than 5 years’ experience in laboratory analytical work and student practicals. He has attended several Service courses in modern lab techniques, first aid at work, firefighting techniques and customer care. Read More

Mr. Simon Mbote N.

He is a Technical Assistant in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology. He holds an ordinary level certificate and a Kenya Certificate of Primary School Education. He has a certificate in range management and animal husbandry. He has a working experience of over 27 years.Read more
Range Economics staff


Dr. Kinyua Patrick I.D

(BSc (UoN ),MSc (University of Wyoming, U.S.A),PhD (University of British Columbia, Canada)

He is a senior lecturer in Rangeland Resource Economics in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology. He holds a PhD in Resource Economics from University of British Columbia, Canada, a Masters in Range Economics

from University of Wyoming, U.S.A., B.Sc. degree in Range Management from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He also holds a Diploma in Agriculture from Egerton College. He has published widely in his area of specialty.Read More

Prof. Dickson Nyariki

BSc(UoN), MSc (UoN), PhD(Univeristy of Reading)

A Professor Department  of  Land Resources Management and Agricultural Technologies, University of Nairobi and  the Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration and HRM, South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU).  Completed Bachelor of  Range Management 1983  and Msc in Agricultural Economics 1990  from University of  Nairobi.

Former Deputy Principal (Administration and Finance): South Eastern University College,  Regional Cordinator IGAD, Chairman, Department of Range Management , College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences.Read More

Projects ongoing and past
  • Making the best of climate – Adapting agriculture to climate variability
  • Towards Increased Agricultural Productivity and Food Security in East Africa through Capacity Building in Agroecological Intensification”
  • Modelling the potential impact of climate change on sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) and cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) production in semi-arid areas of Kenya using the agricultural production systems simulator (APSIM)
  • Capacity Building in sustatinable soil resource management and intergrated soil fertility management
  • Crop Production In Water Scarce Environments: Strengthening local capacity building as an exit strategy
  • Development And Uscaling Of Soil And Water Conservation Technologies. The case of ‘Macro – Contour lines’ in Kathekakai Settlement Scheme, Machakos District.
  • Development of  waterhole monitoring system for livestock early warning
  • Sustainable dryland project (Centre for sustainable Dryland ecosystems and societies)
  • Potential of productive and multiple water and waste (re-) use in Kajiado districtPotential of productive and multiple water and waste (re-) use in Kajiado districtMapping the mind of consumers and traders of fresh vegetables at open-air markets with respect to food safety and security in Kenya: An application of the Zaltman Metaphor 28.Elicitation Technique (ZMET
  • Evaluating ways of developing a fertilizer product from human excreta.
  • Putting Nitrogen Fixation to Work for Smallholder Farmers in Africa (N2Africa
  • Improving bean yields by reversing soil degradation and reducing soil borne pathogens on small-holder farms in Western Kenya.
  • Creating Wealth For Smallholder Farmers In Arid Areas Of Kenya: The Case of Mukau (Melia Volkensii)
  • modelling of climate change effects on pastoral livestock production performance in arid northern kenya(Nurturing grant)
  • proposal for reserach grants on innovative application of ICTs in addressing water related impacts of climate change
  • Screening finger millet varities for the adaptation  to drought prone ecological regions of estern kenya as a strategy to compact food insecurity and climate change
  • Building human and institutional capacity for enhancing the conservation  and use of neglected and uderultilized species of crops in west Africa, and Eastern  and  Southern africa
  • ANAFE-SASACID Project-  PI Dr. Kironchi
  • Capacity Building in sustainable soil resource management- AGRA project PI Dr. Onwonga
Degree courses  or units
 Possible career opportunities (Additional
  • National and International Research Organization
  • Government Ministries a and Departments
  • Teaching in Environmental/Natural Training Resources
  • Consultancy firms
  • Self Employment
Year No View  List of Students
2012 45 View
2011 43 View
2010 14 View
2009 21 View
2008 9 View